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What to look for in mobility aids for your parents

... . Becoming less mobile can lead to a loss of self-esteem and confidence. They may need support to enable them to stay independent and continue to live in the comfort of their own home. If your parents are ageing and becoming less steady on their feet, they ...

Caring for a mother-in-law with cancer

... cared for him throughout the course of their marriage, putting his wellbeing above all else. The road to diagnosis Once widowed, Sylvia continued to live in the same apartment where she'd raised her sons, choosing to restrict herself to her Brooklyn neighbourhood, except when it ...

How to help your parents manage tinnitus

... a ringing in your ears. The sound is a symptom generated within the inner pathways of your ear and can differ in pitch and continuity depending on a person's individual case. The noise may occur in one or both ears or the head and can be a single ...

Respecting my parents' wishes

... talk about it". I just nodded and asked her to tell me what had been happening with regards to her prognosis and we continued talking about the ups and downs of the last few months. We talked for a long time, sinking into a deeper conversation ...

Who are occupational therapists and how can they help our family?

... get back on their feet after illness or injury. Their aim is to help people retain their independence as much as possible and to continue with the activities they need to do or enjoy, like hobbies and social activities. When we meet occupational therapists in hospital it's ...

Caring for a father with Parkinson's

... had written some 43 books. Now his shoulders and hands were affected to the extent where he could no longer use his computer nor continue his research. He had to stop. His medical analysis was quite frankly poor and very slow. After many months he was ...

How do you view ageing?

... negative stereotypes to them that aren't helping. Talking to people over 80, their carers and their families, the researchers found that society continues to devalue old age, especially in the US where individualism, self-reliance and independence are highly valued. Researcher Michelle Barnhart of Oregon ...

Hearing service cuts in the NHS

... , despite the fact that 70% of over 70-year-olds and 40% of over 50-year-olds have some form of hearing loss. With cuts continuing throughout the NHS, it seems unlikely that this situation will improve, even with the adverse publicity that Action on Hearing has managed ...

How to arrange a community care assessment

... has mental health needs they're entitled to a community care assessment to determine their social care needs as well as an assessment by a mental healthcare professional under the Care Programme Approach. A mental health needs assessment will involve reviewing risk and safety as well as psychiatric and psychological ...

Will I inherit mum's Alzheimer's?

... information but finds it impossible. By contrast, if your memory lapse is age-related, it may be frustrating but you are able to continue your life pretty much as normal. For example, in your case, I expect you find your socks before long and carry ...